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Why do people do the no-show?

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AFF Supporter
Dec 30, 2006
"Thank you passengers. Qantas is paging Mr John Doe...that's Mr John Doe flying on CityFlyer flight QF666 to Somecity. Could you please make your way to gate 1 as your flight is closed and awaiting immediate departure."

But sometimes they just don't turn up. Why?

List the various reasons why some people do a no-show (and consequently all those that bought Super Savers or Red e-Deals would cry). Rate each of your reasons using the scale of A to E to mean:

A - plausible reason, very valid, nothing you could do, (wish) airline would show a little compassion
B - not quite as plausible, could have been prevented but with difficulty
C - not a good reason, could have been managed to be prevented
D - stupid reason, serves you right for missing the plane
E - ridiculous reason or worse


AFF Supporter
Dec 25, 2004
My Map
A - Medical, family or work emergency means you have to leave airport before your flight.
B - Locked in a toilet and unable to get out (I have had this happen, but not at an airport!)
C - Went shopping for some item that you couldn't find in the current terminal.
D - Drank too much and passed out/ no concept of reality.
E - Wanted to watch the end of some sport match or similar.

Quite proud to annouce that I've never missed a flight. Been late, paged and have held up a couple of flights though.

Kiwi Flyer

Senior Member
Sep 24, 2004
Don't forget sometimes when you are being paged it is because your connecting flight was late arriving, or held up in the transfer between terminals, or held up in immigration/security, bumped from your flight and put on an earlier one at the last minute, etc.


Aug 27, 2004
My Map
For someone to be paged, they must have already been checked in. Now with more options for check-in when people are not at the airport (e.g. on-line check-in), I think we will see this happening more and more. Perhaps they will only page when someone is checked-in and has baggage already loaded on the aircraft.

Some other possibilities:

A. Passenger held up at the security check-point when they triggered the explosives test after spending the weekend fertilising their lawn
B. Passenger has bomb in their checked luggage and does not want to be on board when it explodes at 30,000 feet
C. Passenger is chronologically challenged and does not realise its boarding time. May be due to changing multiple timezones in recent time
D. Passenger is intellectually challenged and does not realise the boarding gate is on the other side of the security checkpoint
E. Passenger did not hear the gate change announcement and waiting at gate A2 instead of gate E97
Passenger is combination of the previous two and says "but this flight left from A2 last week so here I am waiting at A2 even though the sign says 'Destination: Timbuktu' and I want to go to Canberra (ahh, now there is the problem, nobody want to travel to Canberra).
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